Ninth Square Historic District

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Ninth Square Historic District
Ninth Square Historic9.jpg
Facades on Chapel St. between Church St. and Orange St.
Ninth Square Historic District is located in Connecticut
Ninth Square Historic District
Ninth Square Historic District is located in the United States
Ninth Square Historic District
LocationRoughly bounded by Church, State, George, and Court Sts., New Haven, Connecticut
Coordinates41°18′17″N 72°55′28″W / 41.30472°N 72.92444°W / 41.30472; -72.92444Coordinates: 41°18′17″N 72°55′28″W / 41.30472°N 72.92444°W / 41.30472; -72.92444
Area18 acres (7.3 ha)
Architectural styleLate 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Italianate, Greek Revival
NRHP reference #84001135[1]
Added to NRHPMay 3, 1984

The Ninth Square Historic District encompasses a historically diverse and well-preserved part of the commercial area of Downtown New Haven, Connecticut. The district is bounded by Church, Court, State, and Crown Streets, and is centered on the intersection of Chapel and Orange Streets. The buildings in the district are mostly late-19th and early 20th commercial buildings, and includes a number of commercial buildings from the first half of the 19th century, a rarity in most of Connecticut's urban downtown areas.[1][2] The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Ninth Square takes its name from an early division of New Haven, when leaders of the New Haven Colony created a town plan of nine large squares in 1637, centered on the one now housing the New Haven Green. Because the ninth square was located closest to the colony's harbor, it was the first to develop a significant commercial presence. In the 1820s, the Farmington Canal was routed near the district, spurring further commercial development. The conversion of the canal right-of-way to railroad use intensified the area's commercial development in the second half of the 19th century. All of this resulted in a significant diversity of styles in the commercial buildings seen, generally reflecting architectural styles popular at the time of their construction. The area declined after World War II, but has been spared from destruction in urban renewal activities of the mid-20th century.[2]

The Ninth Square has been at the center of New Haven's cultural renaissance, densification and renewal over the last[which?] decade.[citation needed]


Category Business names
Education & Sharing Economy A100, Grove, Grove Studios, Gateway Community College, MakeHaven, Project Storefronts, Strive
Entertainment Barcade, CafeNine, Elm City Games, Firehouse 12
Galleries Artspace
Retail Artist and Craftsman Supply, Ecoworks, English Market, Sportspark
Coffee & Cafes BNatural, Gcafe, Greenwell, Happy Lab
Housing Residences at Ninth Square, 360 State Street
Knowledge Economy Knight Architecture, SeeClickFix, svigals, Veoci, Square Nine Software, DataHaven, MEA Mobile, Patient Wisdom,,, BetterITS
Wellness Balanced Yoga, Fresh Yoga
Restaurants Pho N Spice, Skappo, Marco Polo, Miso, Tikkaway, Hunan House, 116 Crown, Meat & Co., Trinity


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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Matthew Roth; Bruce Clouette & John Herzan (October 31, 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Ninth Square Historic District". National Park Service. and Accompanying 28 photos, from 1983, 1989, and undated

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